During the month that I was studying prior to my dedication to Hecate, I realized that when you’re dedicated to a deity, you need to do things in their honor. Having never really done regular work for a Goddess, I felt lost as to what she might want from me. that lost feeling got me to thinking that there had to be a way to find the answer. I knew that there were several forms of divination, but I had never really been good at any of it. I can do fairly well with tarot, but that was about it. This sent me on a search to find something I could use.
I decided to do a search for “easiest way to divine a yes or no answer” so I could ask if certain things would please Her. The very top result was pendulum dowsing, followed by a ton of tarot results. Knowing that tarot wasn’t my thing, I looked into the pendulum information. It clicked with me pretty quickly. It was easy, reliable, and and didn’t take anything special. I then looked for “Greek pendulum divining” to see if there were any ties to my preferred pantheon. I learned that the Oracle at Delphi used pendulum dowsing. Then I looked for “pendulum board” and was greeted by some lovely Hecate inspired pendulum boards on Etsy. Obviously, this was the method that she wanted me to use.
So, I set about making a pendulum for myself. I don’t have any crystal points or anything like that, but I found a vintage earring with a heavy bob at the bottom that seemed perfect. I needed help getting it off, but once I had it, I knew it would be good. I found a good length of chain in my box of broken chain bits, and a glass bead for the handle. The bead is wide and kind of flat, like a worry stone, and feels good in my hand. The project came together nicely. I’ve found that when I’m crafting for magical purposes, the amount of difficulty I have in making something goes in direct relation to how much I’m meant to be doing it. When a project is smooth and easy and I have all the materials on hand, it’s a sure sign that I’m doing the right thing.
Next I took a piece of black card stock and one of my white pens and made two rings for divining on. One side has Yes, No, Maybe, Rephrase/Ask again on it. This is for most questions. On the other side there’s a list of things that I can do to honor the Goddess. It includes: Light a candle, Light an incense, Cast a spell, Make an offering, Study something, Say a prayer, Draw a card and Nothing today. Each morning I use the pendulum and that side of the ring to find out what act would please her that day. I need to redo it though, because through multiple sessions with Her and the board, I’ve found that she doesn’t want me using tarot cards. I’m not sure what will go in that place.
Having pendulum dowsing as a tool has been wonderful. Instead of going crazy trying to figure out what to do in a situation or how to answer a question, I just go dowse for the answer. Sometimes I have to ask more than once, but it’s teaching me to keep my intention and my words clear. It’s actually surprising, that like Hecate herself, this is something that I kind of knew about before, but never did anything with. Just like with finding Her though, this feels so natural, like it’s what I was always meant to be doing.